Apple’s Craig Federighi Demos iPad Trackpad in New Video

Craig federighi ipad trackpad

Today Apple announced new iPad Pro models and also a new Magic Keyboard, which comes with a built-in trackpad.

In a video titled, ‘Introducing the trackpad for iPadOS’, shared exclusively with The Verge, Apple executive Craig Federighi demos the new trackpad support on an iPad, filmed at the company’s Apple Park headquarters.

According to The Verge’s Dieter Bohn:

That’s a lot of gestures to remember, but no more than exist on the Mac. It seems overwhelming, but if you made a similar list for your MacBook or Windows machine, it would be just as intimidating. The iPad’s gestures are just different. Here, let Apple’s software boss Craig Federighi walk you through it all in this video.

The video isn’t embeddable, so you’ll have to visit The Verge to watch the nearly two and a half minute video. At around the 27-second mark, the words “R1x coming in May” is shown at the bottom of the video suggesting “R1x” is the internal codename for the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.

Here’s how Apple describes its all-new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro:

The all?new Magic Keyboard is an amazing companion for iPad Pro. It features the best typing experience ever on iPad, a trackpad that opens up new ways to work with iPadOS, a USB?C port for pass-through charging, and front and back protection. The Magic Keyboard features a floating cantilever design, allowing you to attach iPad Pro magnetically and to smoothly adjust it to the perfect viewing angle for you.

The 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard works with 3rd and 4th gen iPad Pro models, while the 11-inch Magic Keyboard works with 1st and 2nd gen iPad Pro models. In a nutshell, if your iPad Pro works with the Smart Keyboard Folio, it will also support the new Magic Keyboard.

The new Magic Keyboard starts at $399 CAD for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $449 CAD for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, available in May.